What: Salvia verticillata Purple Rain, also known as lilac sage, is a perennial plant known for its smoky purple flowers that tower vertically in the garden on 24-inch stems.
It is a good selection for bouquets and is a low maintenance plant in the garden.
Purple Rain is an excellent choice for those who want to attract butterflies and bees.
Sun or shade: Salvia Purple Rain requires full sun for maximum color.
Size: Site this in the center of the border due to its 2-foot height.
See it: At the Evergreen Arboretum &Gardens, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett; in the Snohomish County Master Gardener Demonstration Border.
For more information, see the Arboretum virtual photo tour on www.evergreenarboretum.com or call 425-257-8597.
Sandy Schumacher/Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens